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Is Your Squash Bored to Death?

Is Your Squash Bored to Death?

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If your squash plants are wilting, it may be because of squash vine borers. Here are some basic steps to figure out what’s wrong, and then to decide on a logical pest-control strategy.

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A Few Good Bugs to Fight Tomato Pests

A Few Good Bugs to Fight Tomato Pests

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With regular observation, good gardeners catch potential problems before they become severe. By hand-picking, squashing, or pruning off insects pests, they're not likely to multiply beyond control. Helping beneficial insects flourish is extremely important as well.

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Cutting to the Chase on Cutworms

Cutting to the Chase on Cutworms

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The name cutworm is applied to the larvae of about 200 species of night-flying moths. Here's how to control them in your garden.

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Biologicals Do a Number on Pests

Biologicals Do a Number on Pests

When faced with the need to use an insecticide, here are a few guidelines to using the least-toxic ones.

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The Road to Healthy, Productive Tomatoes

The Road to Healthy, Productive Tomatoes

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One of the surest ways to healthy, productive tomato plants is a strategy that prevents tomato diseases.

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Hay Makes a Great Mulch

Hay Makes a Great Mulch

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Blankets of permanent mulch keep the garden pretty and productive.

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How and When to Water Your Garden

How and When to Water Your Garden

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Quench your plants' thirst without overdoing it. By getting to know your soil, keeping water where it needs to be, and knowing when to get out the hose, you can effectively water your garden and save money, too.

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Monitor for Signs of Trouble

Monitor for Signs of Trouble

To reduce pest problems in your garden, combine a number of strategies and monitor the garden regularly.

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Controlling Scales, a Common Pest of Fruit Trees

Scale insects can be serious pests for fruit and nut trees, currants, grapes, and raspberries. Here's how to deal with them.

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How to Control Slugs in Your Garden

How to Control Slugs in Your Garden

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Some species of slugs can eat their weight in plants every day. Sharon Collman explains how to outsmart them and save your garden from taking a licking

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Keep Cabbage-Loving Caterpillars in Check

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Identification, row covers, natural enemies, and Bt keep cabbage caterpillars from making your cole crops look like Swiss cheese.

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A Whitefly in the Ointment

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Defense against whiteflies begins with garden diversity.

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How to Control Voles in Your Garden

How to Control Voles in Your Garden

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Voles are cute until they damage special plantings. Sheila Davis tells how to manage habitat in your garden to discourage the critters.

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Using Manure to Fertilize Your Garden

Using Manure to Fertilize Your Garden

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Whether it's from cows, goats, rabbits, or birds, manure makes for good growing.

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Squashing Squash Bugs

Squashing Squash Bugs

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Insect predators and prevention keep squash bug numbers under control.

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The Sex Life of Flowers: a Primer on Pollination

The Sex Life of Flowers: a Primer on Pollination

A blossom is nothing more than a lure, designed to attract bees or other polinators to move pollen from anther to pistil.

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Pyrethrum-Based Insecticides from Chrysanthemums

Pyrethrum-Based Insecticides from Chrysanthemums

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If hand-picking or spraying with water are ineffective and Bt doesn't solve your problem, consider stepping up to a pyrethrum based insecticide. Use it judiciously: It is relatively safe for people and pets, but it will kill all insects it comes in contact with, pests and beneficials alike.

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Vermicompost as a Soil Amendment

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